Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm (Note the extended time.)

Nexus Community Partners downstairs conference room

2314 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN
(just east of Raymond Ave. across from light rail station -- parking on east side of building)

Topic: History of Whiteness and Cultural Narratives that Support Whiteness

Last time we looked at some of the deep ways that cultures differ: in the concept of self, the concept of time, and in how much control people feel they have over their lives. We also looked at 14 characteristics of mainstream (European American) U.S. culture. This evening we will discuss how whiteness has affected everyone's identity and sense of culture. There will be a short presentation on the history of whiteness, and then we will discuss three cultural narratives that are embedded in our institutions and that shape what is considered knowledge, notions about how success is achieved, and how European Americans often respond to inequities.

European American Identity and Culture Workshops

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We have had many requests to offer this workshop to individuals, but have not been able to find a time that works for everyone. So we will be offering the workshop in 4 parts, from September to December, in lieu of our Learning Community discussion. Please sign up below.

Thursday, September 14, 6:30 - 8:30:
Dynamics of culture and European American cultural characteristics

Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 - 8:30:
History of whiteness and cultural narratives that support whiteness

Thursday, November 9, 6:30 - 8:30:
Our root cultures and their influence and resources

Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 - 8:30:
Cultural change and the role of European Americans

  • Please contact Janice Barbee at or send us your email address below if you are interested in attending.